Amsterdam, Netherlands

Governing Climate Change: Theory and Practice

when 8 July 2024 - 19 July 2024
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 1310

"Climate change may well be the most pressing environmental challenge facing humankind. A complex global web of institutions, instruments and actors is being created seeking to govern climate change. In this course you will learn about different perspectives and acquire tools for analyzing the increasingly complex world of climate governance.

You will examine different approaches to coping with climate change. From international agreements to market-based solutions and private activities. Theory is combined with practice through lectures, discussions, games and excursions to provide concrete examples of how the issue is being addressed at various levels and by various actors. Along the way we will also invite you to discuss climate change with scientists, policymakers and lobbyists. "

Course leader

Philip Pattberg

Target group

Master or PhD students and professionals with an interest in climate action and policy. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students and professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds.

Course aim

At the end of this course you will:

- Understand how global climate governance has changed over the past 40 years and where it might take us in the future.
- Be able to critically examine and assess current climate governance in terms of its emergence, effectiveness and efficiency, and be able to formulate reasoned opinions about contested concepts like fairness, legitimacy, equity and justice.
- Improve your communication and debating skills on climate change.
- Experience practical local and global solutions to climate-change issues in the Netherlands.

Fee info

EUR 1310: Tuition fees two-week course

VU Students/PhD candidates and employees of VU Amsterdam* or an Aurora Network Partner €735
Students at Partner Universities of VU Amsterdam €995
Students and PhD candidates at non-partner universities of VU Amsterdam €1100
Professionals €1310

Early Bird offer
Applications received before 15 March (14 March CET 23:59) receive €50 Early Bird discount!


VU Amsterdam Summer School offers two kinds of scholarships: the Equal Access Scholarship and the Photographer Scholarship. More information can be found on the VU Amsterdam Summer School website.